The Nexus Q is a Google device that failed to take off. This media streaming sphere was unveiled last year at the Google I/O, and soon after making it official, the company decided that it won’t continue to sell it. However, there are a generous number of Nexus Q units out in the wild, and despite the fact that they shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed and aren’t supported by Google anymore, an unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat build has been released for the Nexus Q.
This Android 4.4 build for Nexus Q is based on CyanogenMod 11 and is currently tagged as an experimental build by the developer. A number of issues exist at this point in time, such as stuttering audio playback in Google Music and an incompatible Chrome browser. There is a workaround for the latter though, users can use the latest Chrome apk that’s compatible with Android 4.4 and install it on the Nexus Q through ADB. Apart from this, all other features of the Nexus Q appear to be working even after being updated to an unofficial Android build that’s never going to be released for this device. So if you have a Nexus Q lying around and are feeling a bit adventurous, follow the developer’s instructions to install Android 4.4 on Nexus Q.
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